Reading Club Selection for September 11, 2020

For this week’s Reading Club meeting we invite you to listen to a 30-minute podcast from the Happiness Lab…Sounds like a good plan, right?

Podcast: Coach Yourself Through a Crisis

In “The Happiness Lab” podcast series, Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos guides us through the latest scientific research and shares surprising and inspiring stories that may alter the way you think about happiness and coping.

Register here for the 9/11 Reading Club discussion at 11:00.

Shared Resources from Component 2 Work Group, June-July 2020

June 22

Work group meeting – June 22 (recording)

Virtual life skills training
Shelby Cusson, Julianna Duca, & Chase Cramer, AIDS Community Resources
Presentation starts at 4:27

Activities and lessons plans for social and emotional core competencies
Anne Garno, North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council
Jutta Dotterweich, ACT for Youth
Presentation starts at 24:06

July 6

Work group meeting – July 6 (recording)

Youth engagement using interactive technology
Meena Ardebili & John Jones, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Presentation starts at 3:58

July 20

Work group meeting for July 20 (recording)

Summer Programming: Night Owls & Babysitting Certification Training
Anne Garno, Amy Beauchamp & Kathryn Ripstein, North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council
Presentation starts at 4:52

August 10

Work group meeting for August 10 (recording)

Teen Reality Theatre
Anthony Alcocer, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York
Presentation begins at 4:00

Thanks to all of our presenters!

Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – August 2020

We wrapped up the Peer Educator Training work group in August with two special meetings.

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 8/12/20 (recording)

In this SHOW US WHAT YA GOT meeting we all had an opportunity to share activities that we use in peer educator training. That part of the meeting starts at about 9:20 on the recording.

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 8/26/20 (recording)

In our final meeting, we heard from peer educators themselves about their experiences, then took time to reflect. The peer educator section begins about 10:40.

Thank you to all who shared ideas and resources with this work group!

Social Media Practice Work Group: Meeting Recordings, June-August 2020

The Social Media and Technology Practice work group is primarily a space for learning together and hands-on practice rather than developing resources to share. If you’d like to review any of the meeting recordings, they are linked below.

6/4/20 – Introducing the work group (no recording)

6/18/20 – Zoom Practice

7/2/20 – How to Instagram (no recording; link goes to blog post where resources are shared)

7/16/20 – Google Classroom
Introduction, signing up as teachers and/or students, options for sharing content

7/30 – Google Classroom

8/6/20 – Google Classroom

8/13/20 – Zoom, Tik Tok, Instagram
Zoom screen sharing practice; review of outreach using Tik Tok and Instagram

8/20/20 – Zoom, Google Classroom
Zoom breakout room practice; visit to our Google Classroom

8/27/20 – Nearpod Presentation

Thanks for joining us to explore these platforms together!

~ Heather & Marisol

Reading Club Selections for August 21, 2020

We have two brief articles for discussion this week, both focusing on school reopenings and the effects on young people:

The first offers tips to parents:
Child Mind Institute: Teenagers and Reopening.

The second is a provocative opinion piece from NBC News–did the author hit or miss the mark? We’ll discuss.
School reopenings are being touted as good for students’ well-being, but that’s wrong.

Remember to register to join us — talk to you soon!

Virtual Implementation of EBPs: Clarifying a Few Points

Many of you joined us for our web meeting last week on virtual implementation of EBPs. At this point there is still a lot of uncertainty about whether and how we can reach young people to engage them in sexuality education. School re-opening may look very different in each community or city borough. It is also not certain that school staff, administrators, or teachers, are interested in working with you this school year given the complexity of re-opening schools safely. However, together we are moving ahead with planning virtual implementation so that we will have something to offer young people and teachers soon.

Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning

We will form work groups for three EBPs used by SRAE or CAPP and PREP: Be Proud Be Responsible, Making Proud Choices, and Making a Difference. (TOP and Project AIM developers have provided us with virtual implementation guidelines and material. We will be meeting with providers who selected TOP and Project AIM separately.)

We propose to develop one template for asynchronous learning and one for synchronous learning.

  • Asynchronous learning refers to providing curriculum via platforms such as Google Classroom or Schoology where young people will study online following teacher instructions. They can do this individually at their own pace, working and submitting responses online using the platform.
  • Synchronous learning refers to providing curriculum live online via platforms such as Zoom or Skype where young people sign in at the same time and participate in activities online.

The material we develop in the work groups will be available on the website. Once you know if and how you can access young people in schools or through community-based organizations, you can tailor these materials for your site. We will develop fidelity guidelines and will ask you to submit your online curriculum for review before you implement.

Develop online EBP material on your own?

You are welcome to work with your local project team to develop online material for any of the EBPs you usually implement. As mentioned above we will develop fidelity guidelines and ask you to submit your online curriculum for review.

Documentation in the ORS? Entry and exit surveys?

We are still working on adjusting the Online Reporting System (ORS) to the different virtual implementation processes. Similarly, we are still discussing how to administer the entry and exit surveys required for PREP contracts.

Incentives for virtual implementation?

At this time incentives are not allowed in the SRAE initiative. We will advocate for incentives for virtual implementation for SRAE contracts.

Continue current virtual efforts (non EBP-based)?

You can continue your current social media efforts to engage youth with sexual and reproductive health and healthy relationship information as well as continue Component 2 virtual programming. Again, we recognize that some of you may not be able to work with the schools to deliver EBPs virtually. Schools may set different priorities at this time.

ETR Resources

Online learning requires different techniques to keep young people engaged and motivated to learn. ETR, the purveyor of many EBPs including Making a Difference, has made available a set of resources / tip sheets to guide the translation of EBPs to virtual platforms.

Adapting Teaching Strategies for a Virtual Environment

Adapting Trauma-Informed Practices to a Virtual Environment

Alternative Video Guidance

Jutta Dotterweich smiling

~ Jutta

Sharing Pride: All it Takes is One Video

Guest writer Lumesh Kumar is Senior Health Educator for CAPP/SRAE Programs at BronxWorks.

I have been working remotely from home and unable to facilitate the CAPP program to teens in person. My team and I were tasked with creating videos related to a variety of health topics. This was a unique opportunity to step away from the evidence-based intervention and have a bit of freedom and ability to put my spin on what I was presenting.

In June, National Pride Month, I wanted to create a video that would increase young people’s knowledge on the topic of LGBTQIA+. I created two videos: the first was an overview of the acronym LGBTQIA+ and the second was a history and trivia game. I was content with my audience being adolescents but I thought “why not expand this to the adult population?”​

As the co-chair of the Health Committee at BronxWorks, I was able to secure a spot with the training department to facilitate my live webinar as a professional development webinar open to all staff. ​

In the live webinar for BronxWorks, I provided a brief overview of each letter in the acronym LGBTQIA+, including symbols and flags associated with the acronym. I discussed gender, gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex just to name a few. After that, I played a trivia game where the staff learned about LGBTQIA+ history. ​

The staff who attended the webinar enjoyed and learned a lot of new information. Staff in the training commented on how informative this webinar was and wanted it to be something that all staff members were required to complete. The training department is considering this webinar to be part of the on-boarding process for new staff!​

When creating these videos I intended to reach youth to increase their knowledge on what the LGBTQIA+ acronym means. Unknowingly I was able to reach 40+ staff at my organization with the potential of reaching all new incoming staff.  ​

Below are my two recorded videos (temporarily hosted on the ACT for Youth Vimeo account). Please feel free to share with staff, parents, and teens!​

Where’s Your Pride: A Guide to LGBTQIA+

Test Your Knowledge: LGBTQIA+ Trivia

Thank you​.

~ Lumesh Kumar

Shared Resources from the Social Media Practice Work Group – 7/2/20

Shaquia Williams: How To Instagram

Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc. – La Liga

We usually do not post our social media practice work group materials–after all, they’re just for practice! But we did want to share this great information from Shaquia on getting started with Instagram.

Thank you so much, Shaquia!

Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – July 2020

Michele Luc and Teresa Casullo: Reflection and Resources

PET Work Group meeting – 7/1/20 (recording)

For downloadable resources, visit this Hub post (the CAPP and PREP blog).

Zoee Davidson & Katiana Partis:
Teen Peer Ed & Social Media

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

PET Work Group meeting – 7/15/20 (recording)

Zoee and Katiana presented on how they use social media as a foundation for engaging their peer educators as well as how their peer educators use social media as a tool to educate other youth. The intended audience is educators who work with (or plan to work with) peer educators.  The presentation, which was developed on Canva, can be shared/presented on any platform where PowerPoint can be shared (e.g. Zoom) and can be viewed on any web browser by clicking on the link.

Teen Peer Ed & Social Media presentation

Thank you Zoee and Kati!

Tavia Jackson: Teen Choice Peer Leadership Program

Inwood House at Children’s Village

PET Work Group meeting – 7/29/20 (recording)
(Tavia’s presentation begins at 5:58)

In this meeting, we learned about the peer education program run by Inwood House at Children’s Village. Tavia also included tips on launching a peer ed program.

Thank you, Tavia!